Defence

Tornado jets return to Marham last month. Downing Street said there are no plans to send them back to AfghanistanPicture: Matthew Usher.

Tornado jets from RAF Marham will not be going back to Afghanistan, says 10 Downing Street

Reports over the weekend said that defence chiefs were considering send the aircraft back to the country just weeks after the last squadron returned to Norfolk.

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31 Squadron are back at RAF Marham, after completing five years in Afghanistan. Pictured is Air Marshal Baz North. Picture: Ian Burt

Photo gallery: Crucial RAF Marham backroom staff welcomed home from Afghanistan

The backroom staff who made sure the Tornado Force’s deployment to Afghanistan went smoothly have been welcomed home at RAF Marham.

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Raf Marham tornados fly home after the last tour in Afghanistan - Squadron leader Gareth Prendergast smiles and runs to his family. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Photo gallery: Hugs and happiness as RAF Marham Tornado crews return home from Afghanistan for Christmas

They were waiting by the runway as the jets came to a halt and their engines fell silent – the loved ones who had longed for this moment for so long.

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Squadron Leader Gareth Prendergast greets sons Felix, aged one, and Hector, three. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Photo gallery: RAF Marham Tornado jets return to Norfolk after final sorties over Afghanistan

They roared overhead through the mist, performing a circuit of the air base, before they touched down where their loved ones and friends were waiting to welcome them home.

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